Domaine du Grand Cros

Making wine in Provence since 1989

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Jane and Hugh Faulkner acquired Le Grand Cros without big wine making aspirations. Their first year they earned 4 gold medals from France’s top two wine competitions. This success was unprecedented and their oenologist convinced them that they must bottle their wine, instead of selling it in bulk which was typical back then in Provence. So Jane, being the artist, created the labels and with no preparation, and somewhat by accident, they were in the business of making and selling wine.

Their son Julian took over the business 10 years later and had ambitions to take the business further and make rosé that would be considered a fine wine. For the last 20 years he has been experimenting with different techniques and protocols to make rosé more interesting and distinctive from the typical Provençal style. The fruit of that effort is best shown by our cuvée Aurélia.

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What top wine experts say about us:

Very awkward bottle shape (fat bottom) and very heavy bottle. Pale golden coral colour. Tropical, papaya and orange-peel nose. Rich and almost lush with creamy, languid fruit, but the spice from the oak is fantastically dispersed through the palate, giving it a white-peppery bite. Real kerpow rosé! Serious stuff. No quaffing by the pool please, this deserves attention. Worthy of its price tag.

Tamlyn Currin

Golden pink. Honeyed toasty oak with bruised apple aromas. Oaky character continues to dominate on the palate, well integrated with floral red berries and orange fruit balancing the honeyed toast. Excellent structure, using Mourvèdre and Syrah to good effect, with juicy acidity cutting through. Well executed and elegant.



Vivid orange-pink. Highly fragrant orange and strawberry scents are complemented by suggestions of lavender and white pepper. Juicy, seamless and focused on the palate, offering concentrated citrus fruit and red berry flavours and a suave touch of spicecake. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on a long, sappy finish that echoes the orange note.

Josh Raynolds

The color of this superb cuvée is streaked with elegant raspberry reflections. The nose is complex and intense around notes of yellow peach, lychee, mango, grapefruit and a hint of jasmine. Explosive and fresh on the attack, the mouth then unfolds a lot of volume, a round, silky and supple flesh, and a particularly persistent fruitiness. All the spirit of Provence indeed in this irresistible delicacy.

Le Guide Hachette Des Vins

What impresses me about this particular cuvée is that it hasn’t fallen into the trap that virtually all others do when chasing a top-flight rosé dream. Usually, when estates ‘push’ their wines to make ‘super-cuvées’ the wheels almost always fall off! In my experience, oak is often the biggest culprit with badly selected barrels and overzealous winemakers getting over-excited about creating a grand and impactful wine. Aurélia steps back from temptation and merely uses the oak to add volume and sheen. The result is a catwalk rosé, which sashays across the palate with a flirtatious swing of its hips and this is all of the excitement I need to get my pulse racing.

Matthew Jukes

Super-typical, full-on Provence rosé where the pale colour belies the intensity of fruit. It’s creamy and rich and soft, with strawberry candy, melon and a touch of fennel. Very generous and satisfying. Ticks all the boxes.

Jancis Robinson